Epidemiology of heart failure in Asia.

Yasuhiko Sakata, Hiroaki Shimokawa

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Heart failure (HF) is a global epidemic in health care and a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. In Asian countries, causes of mortality and morbidity have shifted or have been shifting from infectious diseases and/or nutritional deficiencies to lifestyle-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancers and diabetes, in conjunction with the transition from developing to developed countries during the past decades (so-called "the epidemiologic transition"). Because the effect of this epidemiologic transition varies among countries, the etiology, prevalence, management and outcomes of HF also differ among the countries. Thus, we need to assemble and comprehensively analyze the available evidence to date for daily HF practice in Asia and to systematically conduct future epidemiologic approaches to establishing appropriate prevention programs against the burden of HF in Asia. This review article will briefly update the epidemiology of HF in Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2209-2217
Number of pages9
JournalCirculation journal : official journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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